The 32 things I learned from wild-card weekend of the 2019 NFL playoffs:
Over the course of two days, the N.F.L. saw its playoff field upended, with the No. 3 seed in both conferences being sent home by the No. 6 seeds, while each game was decided by a single score. It was a wild-card weekend that delivered on its name, and it set up a divisional round for next weekend that looks far different than most people predicted.
1.The NFL’s 100th season rolled on in style with a compelling quartet of games kicking off the postseason. But despite two overtime thrillers, the apparent demise of a dynasty and a shocking upset in New Orleans … just a reminder — the last team to reach (and win) the Super Bowl after playing in the wild-card round was the 2012 Baltimore Ravens.
1a. The last time a wild-card matchup went into overtime prior to this weekend? Tim Tebow … 2011.
1b. The road teams went 3-1 with both sixth seeds prevailing — which hadn’t happened since … last year.
2. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is now 5-0 against the Eagles. Never a doubt.
2a. Of course, it helps Philadelphia has averaged 11.4 points in those five losses.
3. The injury bug finally dealt the Eagles a fatal sting, QB Carson Wentz sidelined by a blow to the head in the first quarter of a playoff debut he’d long anticipated. Tough luck — or dirty play, depending on how you feel about Jadeveon Clowney’s game-changing hit — for a player who had virtually willed Philadelphia to the NFC East crown in December.
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